Dr. Wei Jiao
Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano
Hayworth Fine Arts Center 107
DMA in Piano Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.M. in Piano Performance, Syracuse University
B.M. in Piano Performance, Columbus State University
B.A. in Music Education, Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China
Dr. Wei Jiao recently joined the Department of Music Faculty at HPU as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano. Dr. Jiao has served as a faculty member, collaborate pianist, and music instructor at Queens University of Charlotte, Catawba College, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Passionate about teaching, music education and community service, she has maintained private studios in Charlotte, Greensboro, and for the Catawba Community Music Program in Salisbury while also teaching at UNCG’s Summer Music Camp.
Dr. Jiao received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied with Dr. Andrew Willis, the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Syracuse University under Steven Heyman, and the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from Columbus State University, where her mentor was Dr. Betty Anne Diaz.
As a versatile soloist and devoted chamber musician, Dr. Jiao has given performances in a variety of venues nationally and internationally including North Carolina, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Maine and China. In recent years, she regularly performs in solo and duet recitals partnering with her husband, Jacob Hahn, in local and regional concert series and at major universities including the Piedmont Artist Series, the Catawba Artist Series, High Point University, Capital University, Youngstown State University, Queens University of Charlotte, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. In 2015, she had the opportunity to perform on Vladimir Horowitz’s legendary Steinway & Sons Model D piano at the piano faculty concert at Queens University of Charlotte. Previously, Jiao was awarded the Grand Prize in the UNCG Student Artist Concerto Competition, and performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra. Jiao also won the concerto competition at Columbus State University resulting in a performance with the university orchestra. She received the Alternate prize in the Young Artist Piano Competition of the Georgia Music Teachers Association, first prize scholarship from the Atlanta Music Club, and was awarded the Young Artist Fellowship from Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Summer Festival in Maine.
Through the UNCG Summer Fellowship Grant, Jiao was able to research contemporary Chinese piano music in China. Including a personal interview with Pulitzer Prize of Music Winner Dr. Zhou Long, Jiao’s doctoral dissertation focused on the exploration of Chinese and Western Elements in contemporary Chinese composer Zhou Long’s works for solo piano.
Dr. Jiao is affiliated with numerous professional organizations including the College Music Society and Music Teacher’s National Association. She has adjudicated local and state level piano competitions, auditions, and piano contest-festivals for the NCMTA, The Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum, and the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs. She presented the lecture “Piano Pedagogy Around the Globe” with Russian and American colleagues at the NCMTA conference. Actively promoting piano duet repertoire to local piano teachers, Dr. Jiao and her husband gave a lecture recital on elementary and intermediate piano duet music for Greensboro Music Teacher’s Association.
Born in Shenyang, Liaoning, People’s Republic of China, Jiao began her piano training at the age of five, and continued her professional piano and musical training at the music conservatory in her hometown. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China. She came to the United States in 2003 as the recipient of the full scholarship Woodruff Award from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.